Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 12/29/12
Photo: Mark Conrad / Connecticut Post Freelance Over the past few months, you’ve surely noticed that the Connecticut Whale –the Rangers AHL affiliate– has been struggling all year. They have battled inconsistent scoring, Swiss cheese defense, and inconsistent goaltending. While many are pointing to this being a sign of poor drafting and development, it is actually the exact opposite. Good friend of the blog Jess Rubenstein of The Prospect Park noted this in the comments of yesterday’s Around The Farm, and it got me thinking about the development of past prospects. This year’s Whale club was supposed to have more than just Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, and Dylan McIlrath on it. Very few people predicted the kind of year Carl Hagelin would have last season. Most expected him to spend a full year in the AHL last season, which would have made him eligible for the AHL this season (as he wouldn’t have passed his waiver threshold). The same can be said for Stu Bickel. Those are two key pieces. Going
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